To say the film is Wes Anderson gone Polish would be an overstatement, though not completely inaccurate. Obviously he’s been a great influence to the film’s director Zuzanna Slawinska. Story itself centers around Albert who’s bullied at school and avoids social interactions with the girls. His only friend is a tortoise. He finds inspiration from the animal kingdom and starts behaving like an alpha male in order to stop the bullying and get the girl.
We are used to the privilege of observing movie characters involved in the most dramatic and intimate situations. It does not matter if we get emotionally touched by the character’s sad fate in similar manner if we watch films from our living room tv-screens, or from our mobile screens when flying across the Baltic Sea.
I wonder if anyone’s heard anything about that story before. Is it real? Yes? How real is it? Does it matter? Pretty much everything in the film is overshadowed by the performance of the majesty that is Gary Oldman.